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This is one of my favorite moments I’ve ever captured. These sisters were so connected and excited for this day and you could feel it in every photo they were in together. Hannah’s mom helped her put her dress on, but I wanted to make sure there was a special moment with her sisters too. Even though putting your shoes on might not always be a three-person job, it was a perfect opportunity to create one more memory with people that were important to her.

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How did you compose your image?

I wanted the sisters and their expressions to be just as visible as the brides, so I simply framed them in the middle shooting slightly to the side so I could see all three. I tend to gravitate toward a centered subject in most of my images, but especially during moments I think are important so nothing detracts from it.

How and what did you focus on?

I focused on the bride’s face since everything was on the same plane and easy to lock onto. I was far enough away with a 35mm that I didn’t need to worry too much about focus! During shots with movement like this, I always single point autofocus and shoot through my viewfinder since it’s faster.

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How did you use the light in your image?

The lighting in the AirBnb where they got ready was beautiful and luckily had great lighting. But I chose to set this shot up slightly backlit next to the large window. I often feel that backlighting and exposing for the subject draws more focus to them rather than the background. It also creates a slightly dreamier effect overall.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Lens

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L II

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/500

Aperture

f/1.8

ISO

800

White Balance

6450K

How did you edit your image & what did you use?

I used my custom preset but made some adjustments since the lighting gave the image a little big of a cool/green tint. I applied my preset, increased the exposure, adjusted the tint slightly toward magenta, and adjusted the skin tones accordingly. I also brought up the highlights/whites a little bit.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset

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What challenges did you face?

Images like this are tricky because you want to capture a natural, genuine moment while making sure to capture each of the subjects in the best lighting and make sure they all look great.

How did you solve them?

I placed them where I felt it would be most flattering and where they would be visible, and made sure to take a whole bunch of snaps to ensure I got some good ones. These girls were super giggly and lovely so that made it easy!

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

Sometimes (many times) couples don’t realize the moments they really want to be captured or know the ones that will make the most powerful images, so make it happen! I try to be as journalistic as I possibly can during a wedding day, but there are so many moments that go by so quickly and it’s our job to capture them even if it means setting it up ourselves. I love having some kind of moment between the bride and maid of honor/her sisters because I know they’re very important to them.

Autumn Nicole

Shooting since

2015

Current Home

United States of America

Website

Instagram

Hi friends! My name is Autumn. I’m a wedding and elopement photographer based in beautiful Utah. I soak up as much inspiration as I can from the beautiful nature I’m so lucky to live near. Photography has such a huge place in my heart. I love capturing that magical connection between two people and taking photos that capture them and their relationship in the truest form. So excited to be here and help you guys learn!

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